New York Giants player, Nate Solder, has decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing his 5-year-old son's ongoing battle with cancer as the main reason why.
Offensive tackle, Nate Solder, announced Wednesday that he will not be playing football in 2020 due to the coronavirus. In his statement he writes:
Our family has health concerns, most notably our son’s ongoing battle with cancer, as well as my own bout with cancer. We also welcomed a new addition to our family this spring, a baby boy. With fear and trembling, we struggle to keep our priorities in order and, for us, our children’s health and the health of our neighbors comes before football. We fully recognize that being able to make a decision like this is a privilege.
Solder himself was diagnosed with testicular cancer before the 2014 season when he was on the New England Patriots. After removing the cancer in April of that year, they found the cancer hadn't spread. After that he started every game fo 2014 as the Patriots won the Super Bowl.
Solder was set to make $9.9 million in his base salary in 2020 as well as a $3 million roster bonus and a $100,000 roster bonus for a 2020 cash value of $13 million.
Solder is the highest-profile lineman to opt out of the 2020 season after free-agent guard Larry Warforn and Chiefs guars Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, noted as the first player to say he would not play this season.